Vessel Italian Launch Party

On the evening of 17 November 2010, Gourmantic attended the Vessel Italian Launch Party at King Street Wharf in Sydney. Part of the multi-outlet Vessel Sydney with Vessel Café and the established Vessel Bar, Vessel Italian is the latest venture set to entice Sydneysiders with contemporary Italian cuisine.

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DJ, Drinks and Canapés

Guests were welcomed with a selection of drinks including Prosecco, Bellini, Peroni beer, red and white wine while a DJ provided entertainment with upbeat sounds as the sun set over the harbour.

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Welcoming guests with Drinks

With Executive Chef Keith Higginson at the helm, ex Sartoria in London and Aqua Luna, and together with Head Chef James Westbrook, they bring contemporary Italian cuisine with an emphasis on robust flavours in antipasti, pizze, pasta, risotto, bistecca and carne in a relaxed setting.

Assorted canapés with an Italian theme included a delectable fig and gorgonzola wrapped in prosciutto, saffron risotto balls with mozzarella and basil and delicious mini tarts of beetroot and goats curd.

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Rosemary and sea salt grissini with Prosciutto di Parma

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Fresh black fig with Gorgonzola dolce wrapped in prosciutto

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Seared Sirloin on focaccia with caramelised onion and Fontina

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Bruschetta with marinated capsicum and Parmesan

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Tartlet of beetroot, beetroot leaves, goats curd and marjoram

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Suppli al Telephono: Saffron risotto balls filled with mozzarella and basil

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Crostini with pounded raw broad beans, Pecorino, mint basil

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Sicilian meat balls on toothpicks

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Pizza Bianca with bresaola and Parmesan

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Astoria Prosecco Lounge NV from the Veneto Region, Italy – Pizzini Pinot Grigio from King Valley, Australia

Owner George Vardis of Vardis Venues welcomed invited guests in his speech and introduced the new Restaurant Manager Roberto Fabbiano whose experience extends to launching renowned restaurants in Sydney, Melbourne and London including Jamie Oliver’s latest ventures.

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Proprietor George Vardis officially launching Vessel Italian

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Restaurant Manager Roberto Fabbiano with George Vardis

We were delighted to chat with Roberto about his extensive restaurant experience and learnt that he has recently launched Jamie’s Italian in Redding and Covent Gardens, particularly since we dined at Jamie Oliver’s Italian in Canary Wharf last year.  We were equally rapt to discover that Roberto has also launched another of our favourite restaurants, Bocca di Lupo in London, where we had the pleasure of dining at the Chef’s Table a year ago.

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Proprietor George Vardis (L) and Vessel Italian Restaurant Manager Roberto Fabbiano (R)

Roberto, a native of Torino, is very passionate about authenticity and his philosophy is to bring a personal touch to the dining experience.

Later in the evening, we were treated to a visit inside the kitchen where we met Head Chef James Westbrook and his team. James, who has been with the company for nine years spoke of his recommendations and signature dishes: the King George whiting, the popular wagyu bresaola pizza and the Queensland king prawns with Limoncello and tarragon butter.

The wine list includes a selection of local and imported vintages including Italian style wines from Australian boutique wineries.

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Vessel Italian kitchen team with Head Chef James Westbrook (R)

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Prepping Wagyu Bresaola pizza

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Head Chef James Westbrook

Much like the Cocktails at Vessel Bar we attended in July, the Vessel Italian Launch Party was a lively event in spacious surrounds. More photos of the night below.

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Guests enjoying Vessel hospitality

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View from the Podium

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Trevor Clark (L) and David Masters (R)                                Ms Darlinghurst (L) and Miss Freakie (R)

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Vessel Bar (L) Outdoor section of Vessel Bar (R)

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Vessel Italian Dining Room

Vessel Italian is open for lunch and dinner Monday to Friday with function bookings and exclusive hire Monday to Saturday.

Gourmantic attended the Vessel Italian Launch Party as media guests.

Vessel Italian
Ground floor, Macquarie Building
One Shelley Street, King Street Wharf
Sydney NSW 2000
http://www.vesselsydney.com.au

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Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.

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  2. Oh no…stunning photos! Those Italian nibbles look to die for, & are making me very, very hungry. And how nice you got a sneak peek at the kitchen! Looks like a fabulous event, lucky you :)

    • Thanks Tuula! It was a top event all round, and the food was delicious. Going into the kitchen was certainly a privilege and one of the highlights for me :)

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  5. You’re killing me with the prosciutto pictures. Everything looks delicious.

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